A multistate ravage alarm has been canceled after a missing 2-year-old boy from New Jersey was found safe early Saturday morning in a small town in Tennessee, authorities said, and his father was arrested.
The boy, Sebastian Rios, and his mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar, both from Rahway, were reported missing Friday night. New Jersey State Police said at the time that they believed the two had been abducted by Sebastian’s father, 27-year-old Tyler Rios from Highland Park.
Sebastian and Tyler Rios were found Saturday in Monterey, Tennessee, a small town on I-40, acting Union County prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo and Rahway Police Chief Jonathan Parham said in a statement.
According to authorities, Tyler Rios was arrested without incident. He is currently in Tennessee and will be extradited to New Jersey to face criminal charges in Union County Superior Court.
Uyar remains missing. Karen Uyar, Yasemin’s mother, told PIX11 that her daughter had a ban on Tyler Rios.
“While we are relieved that Sebastian Rios has been found safe and that Tyler Rios is in custody, we still urge anyone with information about Yasmine Uyar’s whereabouts to come forward and tell us what they know, even anonymously. Said Ruotolo.
Sebastian and Yasemin Uyar were reported missing and Tyler Rios was identified as a suspect after the child did not arrive at his daycare and the mother did not show up for work Friday morning. Rahway police said they conducted a welfare check of Yasemin Uyar’s home on Friday, but found none.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Prosecutor Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Richard Acosta at 908-347-0404.
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